Watermelon Corp. bets on Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN — Agriculture Secretary Carlos Flores Ortega held a meeting on Tuesday with several representatives from Watermelon Corp., in order to establish strategic planning to create more development opportunities for the local agriculture.
During the meeting, Flores Ortega and the businessmen examined the possibility for Watermelon Corp. to expand its melon harvest on the island and export the produce to the American market of products specialized for athletes by developing its organic beverage, Watermelon Waters.
The proposal is to develop a large-scale melon production in Puerto Rico between December 2017 and April 2018, and then harvest the fruit year-round. In addition, Watermelon Corp. wants its organic beverage to be completely produced in Puerto Rico.
If an agreement is achieved with the company, the project will contribute to developing Puerto Rico’s agricultural industry, and increase job creations, with a $50 million projected to the local economy.
The Agriculture Department is committed to analyzing the 1,000 acres of land that the private corporation requested to begin melon harvests in the island.